Striving to do my best and adjusting my strategy to be as effective as possible is more than just practical; I’d go so far as to say it’s spiritual. In striving to do my best, I—by necessity—reduce egoic considerations of self. In seeking to adopt the most effective strategy, I sharpen my perception of myself and the world.
The rest of the stuff—the books, the psychedelics, the meditation, the rituals, the philosophy—seem like icing on the cake. If they assist me in doing my best and streamlining my approach, then great. If not, then it’s time to set them aside and focus on the basics: discipline, focus, and strategy.